‘We bought our XT to go round the world!’
75,513 miles later it’s still going, say Manu Torres and Ivana Colakovska S SSINGLE INGLES L SPECIA
Three-and-a-half years ago, I had never ridden a motorcycle. But Ivana and I knew we wanted to travel around the world on one. So, we walked into a Yamaha dealership and bought a 2012 Yamaha XT660Z and set off. No mechanical knowledge and no plans. We left with very little money and have been on the road ever since.
The only difficulties we’ve had are with wildlife and weather. Wild wolves and big cats are everywhere. We’ve faced tigers in Sumatra, bears in Alaska and poisonous snakes in the Amazon. But our hardest test came in the Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan, with temperatures of -20°C. And at 5000 metres above sea level our fingers suffered frostbite, we had exploding blood capillaries and bloody noses. It was freezing and we didn’t have a GPS either, so searching for a farmer’s house to take shelter from wolves was tricky to say the least.
The Ténéré has proved to be the perfect bike for our adventure. It’s a mechanical motorcycle, which doesn’t need to be plugged into a computer to fix its problems.
The big 23-litre tank returns just over 300 miles a day, more than enough for crossing deserts and remote locations. It comes kitted out with everything we need for this trip. People told us it’s low on power, but it’s carried both of us (150kg) plus our gear (60kg) over icy roads, up mountains, through deserts, rivers and over mud and nothing’s stopped us or the XT so far. I bought it to take us both round the world, and it has done a brilliant job of that.
The Ténéré has taken the couple across every kind of terrain the planet has to offer
Manu and Ivana set off on their Ténéré in 2013 and are still going
The desert of Colombian Guajira
Best use of a selfie stick, ever
In Chilean Patagonia, it was cold and muddy. 24 hours of riding meant we lost control and the bike landed on Ivana’s leg, breaking it. She needed nine screws and a couple of plates.